Youth Programs

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Youth programs

Guided field trips are booked for March, April and May 2023. Please use the digital form below to fill out your request for a summer or fall visit. 

About Powell Gardens’ Guided Youth Programs

Powell Gardens offers a variety of themed program options for youth in grades K-5, perfect for school or scout groups. Each guided program is 90 minutes and incorporates field journals, nature investigations, science skills, and nature games. These standards-based school programs are designed to supplement science content covered in the classroom with fun and engaging learning activities. Once the program is finished, spend the day touring the other garden areas and nature trail. Ample space is available for each group to enjoy lunch after their program.

Guided programs must be reserved at least two weeks in advance of the desired date and are scheduled weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. These programs require a group minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 60 students per time slot. Teachers receive free admission. A maximum of 10 chaperones are allowed on each field trip.

*An adult to student ratio of at least 1:10 is mandatory but no more than one adult for every five students is permitted. Exceptions apply. Member discounts and benefits cannot be applied to fieldtrip admission.

The Booking Process

To reserve a guided school program, please request a program and date using the online reservation system. You will be asked to select the program start time, the number of children attending, and the type of program. The email address provided will be used to provide updates leading up to the program. All programs are 90 minutes in length and begin at the time you select in the reservation system. Please select a start time of either 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. Groups may enjoy the Gardens  after the 90-minute guided program is completed.

Interested in custom options? Powell Gardens staff can work with your group to design a program applicable to your students’ grade levels.

Guided Program Fees

Students – $8
Chaperones – $10
Teachers/Staff – Free

*All program requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email. Your group will be sent an invoice once the field trip details are confirmed.


Schedule a Guided Visit

Homeschool Groups

Powell Gardens is happy to create a customized visit for your homeschool group. A minimum of 10 students is required for a guided program. One adult receives free admission for every 10 students. Please submit a reservation request form to get in contact with our education department about your visit.

*All program requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email. Your group will be sent an invoice once the field trip details are confirmed.

About Self-Guided School Visits

Schools wanting to bring a group of students to the Gardens who are not reserving a guided program are expected to schedule a self-guided visit by filling in the self-guided visit form. The number of school groups in the Gardens is closely managed because group spaces are limited.

One adult for every ten children is required on self-guided visits. Powell Gardens’ self-guided tours include Adventure Packs, which include scavenger hunts, tree identification kits, and other resourches to make your visit fun and educational! Teachers receive free admission and space is provided to store lunch bags for the day.

Self-Guided Visit Fees 

Students – $5
Parents – $10
Teachers – Free


*All reservation requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email. We currently do not have group rates.

The Booking Process 

To reserve a self-guided group visit, please complete the group visit request form. Please select a preferred and alternate date and time, provide the number of attendees, and include your contact information. Payment will be accepted the day of arrival.  

2021-2022 Guided School Program Options